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Para-Powerlifter Paul Kehinde’s Cause of Death at 33 Confirmed

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Sadly, the Nigerian Paralympic powerlifting gold medallist Paul Kehinde has died at the age of 33. Paul Kehinde’s death news was announced on Friday, November 19, 2021, and his cause of death has been confirmed.

The Nigerian Paralympic Committee (NPC) confirmed that the winner of the men’s under-65 kg category at Rio 2016, passed away following a brief illness on Thursday in Lagos.

A spokesman for the NPC told Nigerian newspaper The Punch said: “Yes, he is dead, He died yesterday and will be buried in Epe today.”

About a month ago, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that Kehinde had been suspended following an adverse finding in March 2020 for prohibited substances hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride detected in an out-of-competition test which was Kehinde’s second doping violation.

Powerlifter Paul Kehinde has died at the age of 33
Gold medalist Paul Kehinde passed away after a brief illness

James Sclater, IPC anti-doping director, revealed that Paul had been given a ban due to not recording a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

“This case may have been avoided if the athlete had followed the rules for TUEs and verified that his prescribed medication was prohibited.”

His ineligibility period started on March 9th last year and was set to expire on September 8, 2022, and all results since his out-of-competition test were annulled.

Paul Kehinde claimed victory with a lift of 218 kg in Rio 2016 and set a world and Paralympic record of 220kg with a bonus effort. Besides his victory at Rio 2016, he had won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 in the under-72 kg and the silver in the lightweight event at Gold Coast 2018 and also in 2017 won a gold medal at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City.

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Reactions to Paul Kehinde’s Death

Many fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

NATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE wrote: “The NPC-GHANA & the entire Para Powerlifting fraternity of Ghana mourns with the family of Paul Kehinde who passed on yesterday. Indeed we have lost a great Para athlete, we have lost a strong man.”

Paul Kehinde died of an illness

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We are eagerly waiting to get your words if you have more information. More information will be updated as we receive it. You can read about basketball player Ryan Preston’s cause of death and other celebrities’ life and career till death in the celebrity death section.


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